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RV Kitchen Appliances

RV Kitchen Appliances

Must Have List vs. Wish List

Equates to: 30 Amps vs. 50 Amps

How much electrical power is needed for those small appliances planned for your RV kitchen?

  1. Make two lists – Label one ‘Must Have’ and the other ‘Wish’ list.  Coffee pot, crockpot, electric skillet, hand mixer, toaster – you’ll find these lists will add up quickly.
  2. Things to know – There are two measurements of power for RVs.

–          30 amps delivers 3600 watts of power

–          50 amps delivers 12,000 watts of power

3. Located on the back of each appliance is an electrical data plate. This information is telling us of the amount of power (electricity) required.

4. To measure the complete electrical requirement need’s for an RV – we will allocate watts for one air conditioner (2400 watts on startup) and the water heater element (1500 watts).  Both of these appliances will cycle on and off which means the demand on the watts are not constant.  Watts total – 3900.

When adding the watts needed from our lists, the 3600 watts of power given by a 30 amp power cord is depleted, even before getting started.

Ask yourself – What is my lifestyle?  A minimalist will require less and the 30 amps could be sufficient. Are the ‘must have’ and ‘wish’ lists vital to you? 50 amps power is probably the way to go.

Your perfect RV kitchen should be able to handle the electrical power needs of your small appliance ‘must haves’ and ‘wish’ lists, so shop wise.

 


Food Safety

Evada_Terry Cooper_Cookbook2There is nothing like RV tailgating – whether it’s football, car races or a weekend at county fair – outdoor cooking and entertaining is at its best. Take the time to be educated on food safety to insure your RV tailgating experience is a real winner.  Keep your hungry crew safe by following these food preparation safety tips.

  • Bring plenty of water along if none is available on site. Soap, paper towels, wet disposables and sanitizers for cleaning hands and other surfaces.
  • If a cooler is being used to store raw meats (like beef, poultry, etc.), wrap each type individually securely in separate wrappers to prevent cross contamination. Use multi layers of ice to maintain a constant temperature of 40 degrees F. or lower.
  • Avoiding over and under cooked meats by using a food thermometer. Keeping everyone safe from harmful bacteria is the key objective.
  • Never partially cook meats to finish cooking at a later time. Cooking to an unsafe temperature allows harmful bacteria to survive and multiply. Remedy this issue by cooking to at least 160 degrees F. and holding for at least 3 minutes. Choose higher temperatures for more desired doneness.
  • In hot weather (90 degrees F or higher), never let foods sit unrefrigerated for more than one hour. In cooler weather, no more than two hours is acceptable.  Toss any leftovers should these time guidelines be broken.  It is better to be safe and not sorry.

 

Whether choosing make-a-head recipes served out of the refrigerator or a feast straight off the grill…. kick off your tailgate party with pizzazz.

NOTE: This blog is among many that I have written for AmeriGO RV Club.  Please go check them out.  They provide valuable information for the all of us RV enthusiast.